10Best Visits Romantic Southern Cities in Spring

  • Park Avenue Historic District

    Tallahassee, Florida

    Tallahassee lies on I-10, the artery which leads to Jacksonville. Many people consider this highway the southern border of the South in Florida, a tropical state full of midwesterners, New Englanders, Europeans, Latin and South Americans.  South Floridians say they live in the only state in which you drive north to reach the South.   

    Photo courtesy of Visit Tallahassee

  • Longwood

    Natchez, Mississippi

    Located along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, Natchez charms visitors with its Antebellum estates and rich history as one of the wealthiest pre-Civil War southern cities. Enjoy the sights on a romantic carriage ride through historic Natchez before the summer humidity kicks in.

    Photo courtesy of Visit Natchez

  • Augusta National Golf Course

    Augusta, Georgia

    The eyes of the golfing world turn to Augusta each spring for the Masters tournament at Augusta National. Even if you're not a golfer or fan of the sport, you'll still enjoy the tree-lined Riverwalk along the Savannah River, historic buildings and monuments, and nature reserves of the southern wetlands.

    Photo courtesy of Julie Campbell

  • Springtime flowers in Charleston

    Charleston, South Carolina

    While Charleston's early success was due to cotton and indigo grown on nearby plantations, it's the city's azaleas, magnolias and hydrangeas which have helped make it the romance capital of North America. Spring is arguably the best time to take in the city's sights on a walking or carriage tour of its historic homes. 

    Photo courtesy of teresaphillips1965

  • Downtown Raleigh

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Named after Englishman Sir Walter Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina is brimming with historic colleges, excellent accommodations and the restaurant and nightlife scene you'd expect of a major city. It's also conveniently located for day trips to nearby Chapel Hill and Durham.

    Photo courtesy of NCDOTcommunications

  • French Quarter

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    There isn't really a bad time to visit New Orleans, but springtime is particularly pleasant. The Mardi Gras crowd has come and gone and the flowers of the French Quarter are in full bloom. Mild spring weather is ideal for people-watching over a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Bentley

  • Bellingrath Gardens

    Mobile, Alabama

    Mobile originally served as the capital of French Louisiana, and its deeply rooted Southern heritage remains strong to this day. A free electrical trolly serves 22 downtown locations, making it easy and budget-friendly to explore this historic port city at your own pace.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire

  • William Faulkner Statue

    Oxford, Mississippi

    The picturesque home of Ole Miss is known for its oak-shaded squares, excellent restaurants, boutique shopping and friendly hospitality. The entire town revolves around Court Square, a good starting place for your explorations of Oxford's galleries, shops and attractions.

    Photo courtesy of Visit Mississippi

  • Water taxi in front of Downtown Jacksonville

    Jacksonville, Florida

    If you don't want to wait for summer to soak up the sun on the beach, look no further than Jacksonville. This coastal Floridian city is also home to the biggest urban park system in the nation as well as two national parks for you to explore, in addition to numerous museums and attractions.

    Photo courtesy of Visit Jacksonville

  • Summerville's Azalea Park

    Summerville, South Carolina

    The city of Summerville takes its spring flowers very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that they host the Flowertown Festival each April. Visitors to this charming town on the outskirts of Charleston have plenty of options for flower viewing, including Azalea Park and the historic homes of the town.

    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce

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